When did you first play rugby?

I joined Bournemouth when I was seven, because some friends were playing rugby and I was a big kid. I played for England U16 then got a scholarship to Bryanston for sixth form and rugby took over.

At what stage did you become a lock? 

When I was about 12.

When did you join Bath?

I joined the club’s junior academy when I was 14 or 15. Hats off to my dad for driving me all over Dorset and Wiltshire! I didn’t really think about making a career out of rugby until I signed my first contract when I was 18.

Who has mentored you?

John Fletcher and Peter Walton with England U18 – I still speak to Peter now. Danny Grewcock, our academy director, mentors me now and he couldn’t be a nicer bloke.

You played in the back row against Toulouse – what was that like?

I’d played in the back row at school so it wasn’t completely alien to me. I’m in an exciting part of my career and I’ll play anywhere they ask me to.

And you captained Bath in the LV= Cup?

I was massively proud to do that. I have been captain in the A league, too, and I’m quite passionate about the whole leadership side of rugby.

RW verdict: Trusted to play out of position and lead the team as a 19-year-old, Ewels is highly rated.

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